PhD Stipend in Acoustic Signal Processing and Deep Learning for Hearing Assistive Devices (8-23017)

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PhD Stipend in Acoustic Signal Processing and Deep Learning for Hearing Assistive Devices (8-23017)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a PhD stipend in  Acoustic Signal Processing and Deep Learning for Hearing Assistive Devices  is available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from June 1, 2023, or soon as possible thereafter. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department's excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department's research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cyber security and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.

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A fully funded PhD stipend is available in the Centre for Acoustic Signal Processing Research (CASPR). CASPR is anchored in the Section for Artificial Intelligence and Sound (AIS), Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark.

CASPR performs research and education in advanced signal processing for hearing assistive devices including hearing aids, headphones, and headsets.

Our goal in the PhD project is to explore and design algorithms which process noisy speech in order to increase speech intelligibility, sound quality, and listening comfort in a hearing assistive device context. More specifically, we envisage a project which in the first stages relies on "classical" statistical signal (speech) processing techniques, and in later stages explores deep learning techniques, potentially generative models and novel learning paradigms including self-supervised learning. In contrast to much existing work, specific focus will be directed towards algorithms which - rather than simply suppressing the background noise - modifies the target speech signal in order to make it easier intelligible.

We are looking for highly motivated and independent students that desire to do a successful 3-year PhD programme at Aalborg University. The ideal candidate will have a M.Sc. degree in statistical signal processing or machine learning with a focus on sound/speech processing and knowledge about auditory perception. Good English verbal and written skills are a must, and excellent undergraduate and graduate grades in relevant topics are desired.

The PhD researcher may be based in Aalborg or Copenhagen.

You may obtain further information from  Prof. Jesper Jensen, Department of Electronic Systems, email: , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinnhoff , The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.
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The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 15 December 2021 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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